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The Best FREE Healthcare!

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By Kim Marquardt, RN MSN This blog post is from the Nurse Kim archives of myth busting. I want to share some "alternative" or maybe just lesser known health and wellness viewpoints for you to chew on. * These posts are not intended as official medical advise.   They ARE meant to be fun, informative, and thought provoking, hopefully sparking an interest for you to do your own research (you can start with the links I provide!) and discover the marvels of the human body, and how it can function at its optimal performance level if we understand how it works and interacts with our environment and our diet.  I have a passion for health and wellness through lifestyle and nutrition and have done thousands of hours of research in addition to being a registered nurse for 23 years. I have done A LOT of self experimentation in and around diet, lifestyle, body care, and supplementation and have spent a lot of time looking into the science behind it all (or lack thereof!). Check back weekl

BIG BAD Cholesterol!

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By Kim Marquardt, RN MSN This blog post is from the Nurse Kim archives of myth busting. I want to share some "alternative" or maybe just lesser known health and wellness viewpoints for you to chew on. * These posts are not intended as official medical advise.   They ARE meant to be fun, informative, and thought provoking, hopefully sparking an interest for you to do your own research (you can start with the links I provide!) and discover the marvels of the human body, and how it can function at its optimal performance level if we understand how it works and interacts with our environment and our diet.  I have a passion for health and wellness through lifestyle and nutrition and have done thousands of hours of research in addition to being a registered nurse for 23 years. I have done A LOT of self experimentation in and around diet, lifestyle, body care, and supplementation and have spent a lot of time looking into the science behind it all (or lack thereof!). Check back weekl

Why Can Art Therapy Be Better Than Talk Therapy?

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My name is Chauntrell “Chanti” Turner. I am a current student at MiraCosta College and Palomar College, studying to get my Doctorate in Psychology to become an Art Therapist. At MiraCosta, I work with Health Service as a Peer Educator and Co-Facilitate the Black Student Support Group with Tammah Watts. Additionally, I am part of the Umoja Program on campus. As a Peer Educator, I provide MiraCosta students with resources by pointing them in the right direction. In addition, to help them overcome any physical or mental barriers on campus. I have given the other Peer Educators different art topics and activities to bring to our tabling events on campus to support the students. Over the Spring semester, I have been working closely with Tammah. As a result, we created a space where Black students are supported in their daily lives and can express themselves freely. We added Poetry and Outings with Nature this semester to give students more opportunities to allow themselves to deal with ever

Now Hiring [PAID] Peer Educators!

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Health Services is thrilled to expand the Peer Educator role to a paid student worker position! Are you enthusiastic about outreaching to other students? Do you want to let your community know that it is okay to ask for help? Do you want to make it easier for others to accept that mental health support is something we all benefit from? Are you able to represent Health Services in-person on either the Oceanside, San Elijo campus, or both? Do you bring energy and creativity to in-person outreach and social media? Do you want to share YOUR story? Finally, are you available to meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 2pm to 3:30pm on the Oceanside campus? Employment Start Date : August 12, 2022 or later Hours : 10 hours/week Pay : $15/hour ($15.50/hour after 1/1/23) - work study eligible but not needed (DACA-recipients welcome) Schedule : Biweekly meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 2pm to 3:30pm at the Oceanside campus. (Might change to 2:30pm to 4pm and also debating making an alter

Signs that Substance Use is Becoming Substance Abuse

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By Michelle Lara-Canlas, LPCC Just because you use substances, does not necessarily mean you will become dependent, but there are high risks and serious consequences due to the addictive nature of substances. Here are some questions to ask yourself or someone you know if the substance use is becoming problematic:  Is it affecting your daily routines? Is it starting to affect your academics or work? Is it starting to affect your relationships? Is it impacting your physical and mental health? Are you using it more often or for longer than you intended? Do you find yourself needing it or looking forward to it most of the time? Have your other priorities fallen behind and your substance use has become the most important thing? Are you making financial changes to make sure you can afford it? Even when you can’t afford it? You want to stop using it, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to stop? Tips to help Monitor Substance Use Remember to monitor your use and be honest about y

Beach Visits and Stress Reduction

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By Patricia Rand With the MiraCosta College campuses located so close to the Pacific, you may have plans to head to the beach over the weekend. The ocean is a place many of us love to be. Whether it’s to surf, check out the view, exercise or walk at sunset, or spend a picnic day with friends, the beach can be the perfect place. In addition to being a lot of fun, you may notice your mood is better and you feel calmer around the ocean. Spending time near the water has positive effects on mental health. Nearness to the coast, and other ‘blue spaces’ like rivers, lakes, canals and waterfalls, is associated with both physical and mental wellbeing, increased levels of vitamin D, improved social life, less anxiety, and increased creativity. Studies have shown that the negative ions in the air around water have benefits for the body and increase serotonin production. Negative ions help us fight fatigue, depression, energy depletion, burnout, and stress. Negative ions are made in nature and he

What is an Outlet?

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  By Liliana Briscoe, one of our Mental Health Peer Educators at MiraCosta College. She is majoring in Social Work and plans to transfer to a 4-year university in Fall 2023. In relation to mental health, an outlet releases or expresses feelings and emotions in a positive or productive way. Oftentimes outlets are used to relieve stress. What are some of the types of outlets? Art therapy —  From drawing to glassblowing, art can be quite therapeutic to some people. Doing something with your hands or having something that requires all your focus can really help you get out of your head. Exercise —  Things like running, gardening, yoga, and other physical activities. Exercise has been shown to be beneficial to people’s mental health. It’s been proven that aerobic exercise, which encompasses a wide range of activities, helps reduce anxiety and depression. Activities that require you to be outside are especially beneficial because of how being outdoors relieves stress. Music —  More specifica